ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy. Warm and humid. Possible thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Utility crews attempting to restore power to the tens of thousands who lost power during Tuesday night’s storms; Former Prince George’s County executive Wayne Curry will lie in state; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAUSE POWER OUTAGES: Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers in the mid-Atlantic region after strong storms moved through the area.
As of 6 o'clock this morning, Baltimore Gas and Electric reported about 22,000 Maryland customers without service, while Potomac Edison was reporting more than 28,000 customers without power in Maryland.
Police in Washington are looking for the people responsible for the death of a grocery store owner who died after an armed robbery of his store on July Fourth. Police say they found 76-year-old James Oh of Rockville, Maryland, suffering from head trauma about 5:20 Friday afternoon. He laster was pronounced dead at a hospital. http://wj.la/1tl2wly
MCAULIFFE ABROAD: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe leaves today on his first international trade mission. McAuliffe is taking a week-long trip to China and the United Kingdom where he will try and drum up businesses for Virginia. Spokesman Brian Coy says McAuliffe and a handful of aides will spend three days in China and five days in the U.K. http://wapo.st/1mfgOiM
TREE FALLS AT SUMMER CAMP, KILLS ONE: A tree fell at a summer camp during a strong thunderstorm, killing one child and injuring six others. A spokesman with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office says the storm struck about 7 o'clock last night. At the time about 114 children ages 7 to 12 were attending an event at a hillside pavilion in the River Valley Ranch camp in Manchester. http://wapo.st/VJhVx0
WAYNE CURRY REPOSE: The body of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry will lie in state at the Prince George's County Administration Building. Curry's casket is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 this morning and lie in state until 7 p.m. in the lobby of the administration building. http://wj.la/1pZ2Vc5
CLOONEY SLAMS ‘THE DAILY MAIL’: George Clooney has chastised a British newspaper over an article claiming his fiancee's mother disapproves of the impending marriage for religious reasons.
Clooney said that the claims about his future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin were untrue and irresponsible.
Clooney and London lawyer Amal Alamuddin announced their engagement in April. Alamuddin comes from a Druze family - adherents of a monotheistic religion based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.
The Daily Mail cited unnamed sources as saying Amal Alamuddin risked being "cast out of the community" because she was not marrying a Druze man.
Clooney told Wednesday's USA Today that "to exploit religious differences where none exist is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous." http://usat.ly/1tm1Dt1
CLEVELAND WINS BID TO HOST RNC: Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.
The Republicans' site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. The move reflects the role Ohio - and its 18 electoral votes- plays in presidential campaigns.
"As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race," said party Chairman Reince Priebus.
The RNC did not announce a start date for the convention but Priebus said that June 28 or July 18, 2016, are the two options under consideration. An earlier-than-normal convention was a priority for Priebus, and leaders of Dallas' bid said the calendar was the main factor running against the Texas city.
"June is not an option for us," said former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was involved in Dallas' bid. "Reince really wants June."
Paying for the convention was another consideration. The previous two GOP conventions sapped party dollars during election years, and Priebus insisted the host city not leave the central party picking up the tab. http://abcn.ws/1k4UWlJ
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Tuesday night's game between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals was postponed by rain; Marcel Kittel of Germany wins the fourth stage of the Tour de France. http://wj.la/1rps9gt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Riders were trapped hanging 30 feet in the air after a roller coaster struck a tree branch and the front car dislodged: http://wj.la/1k4R3gO
NEWSTALK: Among Wednesday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are blogger David Alpert, who will talk about "pop-up" homes, McMansions, "bicycle Ninjas" and more; Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, who will discuss the services planned to honor his predecessor, the late Wayne Curry.